Office, Conference/Event Space, Gardens
LEED v4 Platinum (tracking)
FSC Leadership Award, Design & Build Category
Construction was completed this fall for a new campus for Meyer Memorial Trust, one of the largest private foundations in Oregon. The foundation works with and invests in organizations, communities, ideas, and efforts that contribute to a flourishing and equitable Oregon.
Located in North Portland's Albina District, the site was a former impound yard and the neighborhood where the founder of Meyer Memorial Trust, grocer Fred G. Meyer, lived and began building his reputation. Today, the neighborhood boasts a wide array of transportation options, including proximity toTriMet bus and light-rail routes, ease of walkability and bikeability.
Meyer's new 19,800 sf headquarters includes workspace for 50 employees and features a library, educational garden, convening, and meeting spaces. The new campus is envisioned as a place for nonprofits, community leaders, and organizations from across Oregon to gather and collaborate. To strengthen the connection between the Foundation and the communities it serves, the ground floor is designed as a welcoming hub with indoor and outdoor gathering spaces that open to the street.
A primary design driver for the project was to create an equitable interior experience that enables staff to do their best work, with equal access to windows and daylight across building programs and users. On the exterior, simple forms and façade break down the scale of the building to reflect and respect community conext, with a humble yet elegant design. The landscape design fundamentally acknowledges local ecology, community history and regional identity. With a plant palette of native species with historical significance, the landscape serves as an educational setting for staff, visitors and community members.
In line with the Foundation’s commitment to equity, the project achieved 55 percent MWESB participation, with 47 percent of the project built by women and minority-owned subcontractors. In addition, 30 percent of journeyman and apprentice hours were filled by minorities, and 10 percent by women.
To realize energy efficiency, conservation, building innovation and sustainable forestry, Meyer's new campus is targeting LEED v4 Platinum certification, and is enrolled in the Energy Trust of Oregon's Path to Net Zero program. A sloping roofline will be one of the building’s most visible attributes, shaped to optimize solar access for a 50kW photovoltaic array.
The project sources materials that have been regionally harvested and locally manufactured, including 85 percent sustainable wood, 49 percent FSC-certified wood, and a new product called Mass Plywood, manufactured by Freres Lumber. This innovative timber product is used to create Meyer's new convening space, and is one of the first buildings in the country to use this next-generation wood product.